Response to Jaray:
This type of meeting does take place.
One example: I was the one white woman delegate out of seven delegates that also included one black male from a Union to a GC session. All expenses paid, we attended with only one task and that was to nominate members to the nominating committee for the new NAD leader. The seven of us were in one room and given a slip of paper that said we were to nominate a white male Union President to the committee.
While it is true that we never have enough facts to make a judgment, it did make me feel uncomfortable that the name we selected was later the new NAD President.
This took place many years ago; kindly do the courtesy of not trying to unpack what I am sharing.
I am affirming Jaray’s right to ask and receive an answer.
Additionally, when my late husband and I entered the ministry in a conference in the U.S. in the 1960s, we attended the conference meetings. It came to be common knowledge that there were certain members from a certain church who planned a certain action. The organizers made sure that the delegates from that church were split into different committees and prevented from suggesting their ideas. I was 21 years of age. I was saddened. Now, 57 years later, I have served 53 years as a denominational employee and I have kept confidence what I have experienced through the years.
Kindly do not see this message as a breaking of my commitment to keep confidence, but an effort to encourage younger members of Conference Constituencies to speak up and request ethical behavior.